MY DENTAL SPECIALIST TEAM is the BEST TEAM of TRICITY; all the dentists have more than 10 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE with best Results:
- IMPLANTOLOGIST (Dental Implants)
- PERIODONTIST (Gum treatment)
- ENDODONTIST (Root Canal Treatment)
- ORTHODONTIST (Braces)
- ORAL SURGEON (Surgical extractions, maxillofacial fractures etc.)
- PROSTHODONTIST (Dentures, crown & Bridge)
- PEDODONTIST (Child Dentistry)
- ORAL PATHOLOGIST (Oral lesions & Cancer screening)
CROWNS & BRIDGES
What is a crown and bridge?
Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants by a dentist or prosthodontist. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth or cover an implant. Bridges are commonly used to cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth. They are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood.
Why do we need a crown?
When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth move out of position and change your bite leading to irregular dentition and gum diseases. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and thus help in maintaining proper occlusion and improving function.
In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, bridges and crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.
What are the types of crowns available?
- All metal crown
- Porcelain fused metal crown
- All porcelain crown (ZIRCONIA)
Your dentist will advice you regarding the best type of crown suitable for you.
How long will my crowns last?
While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown is to practice good oral hygiene.
- Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily
- See your dentist or hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings
- To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects
What is Orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly.
Why do I need Orthodontic treatment?
Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches,
Irregular teeth are not good for personal esteem as they affect our appearance. Orthodontic treatment increases our confidence by drastically improving our smiles.
How is Orthodontic treatment done?
This treatment is given by an ORTHODONTIST
It involves correcting alignment of teeth by fixing braces and wires on your teeth. This treatment lasts for approximately 2years.
You can choose braces as per your liking. There is a variety of various shapes and material. Tooth coloured braces are in demand these days.
What is benefit of getting Orthodontic treatment done?
The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental Implants are the latest technique to permanently replace your teeth. An Implant is a prosthesis inserted into your jawbone. It acts like the root of a natural tooth. With this procedure adjacent teeth are left untouched.
Each Implant consists of a metal(titanium) post that is inserted into the jaw bone beneath your gums. The bone grows around the post during a healing period of around two months. When the post is fused with bone a crown is fitted upon it which looks and functions like your natural tooth.
Implant allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area. An implant doesn’t come loose like a denture can. Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.
Why do I need an Implant?
Tooth loss can have detrimental effect on your dental health and personal appearance resulting in decreased self esteem.
- Implants help in giving you a new tooth almost like your natural tooth and hence natural appearance without compromising adjacent teeth.
- Implants are also given for supporting bridges and dentures as well.
- Implants provide you with healthy smile, renewed eating and speaking and a long lasting new tooth.
Various types of Implants are available. Your dentist will advice you regarding the most suitable implant for you.
What is success rate of Implants
It varies from individual to individual and with their oral habits and general health. Dental Implants are predictably 90 to 95% successful.
If you are considering implants, you must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. If your bone is too thin or soft and unable to support an implant, you may require a bone graft. Or if there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, you may require a sinus lift.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
What is RCT?
TO UNDERSTAND Root Canal Treatment we need to understand anatomy of a tooth. Each tooth has three layers. Dentin and Enamel are the outer and hard layers of tooth. Soft tissue containing nerves and blood vessels is called pulp. It lies under dentinal layer.
RCT involves cleaning of pulp chamber and filling &sealing it with special filling material.
Why do I need RCT?
RCT becomes necessary when pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to decay, injury or repeated dental procedures. If left untreated the pulpal inflammation results in severe pain and abcess.
How is RCT done?
In RCT dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans the inside of tooth and then fills and seals the space.
This procedure is done under local anesthesia and takes 30 to 40 minutes. You may need more than 1 sitting for complete Root Canal Treatment. A crown is given post RCT to attain proper function of the tooth.
WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth or 3rd Molars are the last teeth to erupt. There are four in number.
Why do I need to get my wisdom tooth extracted?
Wisdom teeth erupt by 20 years of age. However if enough space is not available for wisdom teeth to erupt they become trapped or impacted. They may grow sideways or remain trapped under the gums. This may cause recurrent pain and swelling. If lying horizontally this impacted tooth may cause damage to the adjacent tooth. In most cases surgical extraction of impacted molars is recommended.
How is surgical Impaction done?
It is done by an Oral Surgeon under local anesthesia. In most of the cases a little amount of bone is cut through to gain access to the underlying tooth.
If the wisdom tooth is covered over by gum tissue, the dental surgeon will make a small incision in order to expose the tooth. They will then proceed, by loosening the connective tissue around the tooth and removing it using specialist instruments. If the tooth is fully impacted it will be covered by bone. The dental surgeon will use a small handheld drill to clear the bone from around the tooth.
They may also use the drill to divide the tooth into sections to avoid it breaking unpredictably during the final extraction stages. If a wisdom tooth breaks then each piece has to be removed separately and it may require further drilling and a deeper incision into the gum tissue.
You may require 1 to 3 stitches after surgery. These stitches will be removed in dental office after a week.
COSMETIC OR AESTHETIC DENTISTRY
What does Cosmetic Dentistry mean?
This is the most advanced branch of dentistry. Composite Resins are used to repair restore and modify your teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums and/or bite. It primarily focuses on improvement dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance.
- Composite restorations are tooth coloured restorations done to improve your tooth function as well as aesthetics.
- Veneers are given to cover your damaged teeth with a shell like tooth coloured cover. This procedure is irreversible as it involves removing a layer of enamel from your teeth to accommodate veneer shell on your teeth
- Crowns and bridges are given to restore extensively damaged or lost teeth
- Reshaping is done to remove parts of the enamel to improve the appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a small chip, or to alter the length, shape or position of teeth, as well as when there is tooth size discrepancy; it can be used to correct crooked or excessively long teeth.
- Bite reclamation- it is for patients who have had years of excessive wear to their teeth due to grinding or acid reflux can alter their vertical dimension. This gives them a closed or shorter look to their face and smile. By opening up their bite, a qualified professional can reclaim their vertical dimension.
- Tooth whitening- your dentist may advice you in office or at home bleaching to whiten your discolored teeth.
What does scaling mean?
Scaling is a common dental procedure for patients with gum disease. This is a type of dental cleaning that reaches below the gum line to remove plaque buildup. The process of scaling and root planing the teeth is often referred to as a deep cleaning. This treatment goes beyond the general cleaning that you do at home.
Why is scaling necessary?
Everyone experiences some form of plaque buildup. The saliva, bacteria, and proteins in your mouth form a thin layer that covers your teeth at almost all times. When you eat, tiny particles, acids, and sugars from the food stick to this film, creating a buildup on the teeth known as plaque. The bacteria that lives in this plaque can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings will help remove the plaque and prevent more serious problems.
If you have healthy gums, the tissue will fit tightly around the tooth and keep plaque out. However, if gum disease begins to form, this tissue will loosen. Healthy gums attach to the tooth just 1 to 3 millimeters below the gum line. With gum disease, you’ll begin to develop deeper pockets. These can fill with plaque, worsening your problems and causing symptoms like –
- Bad breath
- Bleeding from gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Loosening of teeth
How is scaling done?
Dental scaling involves the careful removal of plaque bacteria from the tooth’s surface just below the gum line. There are two basic methods for scaling teeth. If your dentist uses handheld instruments, he or she will scrape plaque from the tooth using a metal tool known as a dental scaler and curette. The dentist will insert this thin tool beneath the gum line to access plaque your toothbrush can’t reach.
Alternately, your dentist may choose an ultrasonic instrument to scale your teeth. This features a vibrating metal tip combined with a cool water spray. The tip chips tartar away as the water flushes out the pocket.
Dental scaling is typically followed by a procedure known as root planing. Root planing reaches deeper to address the surface of the tooth’s root. This is done in the same manner as scaling. Root planing smooths the surface of the root so the gums can reattach properly.
Dental scaling can take several visits, each one addressing a different portion of the mouth. Some dentists divide the mouth into four quadrants, while others will perform dental scaling in two halves.
Will my teeth become sensitive after scaling?
Your mouth may feel sore and sensitive after your dental scaling and root planing. Some patients experience swelling or bleeding for a few days following the procedure. This is a temporary phase lasting for about 4 to 8 days. Your dentist may suggest a desensitizing toothpaste and mouthwash if required to help ease this discomfort.
As the gums heal and reattach to your teeth these symptoms disappear giving you a healthy smile.
It’s crucial that you use proper brushing and flossing procedures after your scaling to stop plaque from forming again in the same areas.
Your dentist will schedule a second a visit after your dental scaling to examine the gums, measure the depth of your gum pockets, and make sure your mouth is healing properly.don’t hesitate to schedule this appointment. The result is a fresher smile that you’re sure to enjoy.
Regular dental checkups are the best way to ensure early detection and treatment of Oral Cancers.
Signs & symptoms of oral cancer are-
- A non healing ulcer
- Colour change of the tissue
- A lump or swelling without any evident reason
- Pain, tenderness or numbness in any part of mouth
- Roughness or erosion of Oral tissue
If you have any of above symptoms, do contact us without wasting time.